One of my children was recently diagnosed with a learning disability. Should I continue homeschooling?
Jackie, Here is my short and sweet answer. I took my daughter out of school after 3rd grade and started homeschooling due to here learning differences. My daughter is dyslexic and struggles with dyscalculia. I am not sure what your child’s learning difference is but I would say NO WAY! Homeschool is so much better for us. Yes there are days were we struggle and she melts down on us, yes its difficult and everything takes twice as long but on the flip side she can take school at her pace and I can give her opportunities were she excels where public or private schools would not be able to assist with. Good examples. My daughter is now in the 5th grade and loves science so we take a homeschool class at the Science Museum where she gets to dissect things that are slimy with other high school students. I usually have to put her in higher science classes to keep her engaged and she is still bored so we challenge her at home as well. That’s what homeschool can do. We load up on her favorite subjects like art, unit studies, history, science experiments to offset the struggles with reading, math and spelling. Every situation is different. I am just telling you about my daughters learning disability and for our family we want to homeschool only. I have seen huge difference in her confidence and reading and well – we still struggle with math but its getting better. Lonnie
You have the skills to help your child with learning disabilities because you love him/her and because you can get outside help where needed. Examples: speech therapy can help with handwriting. There’s several curriculum options like Learning Without Tears that can help. You can allow your child to go their own pace, and most importantly they get a far greater chance to grow and thrive despite their disabilities because you can see past them. Best of luck!
It 100% depends on you and your child. Personally, I feel homeschool better suits me and my son with learning differences (he is also autistic, so he struggles with social issues too). He is now 15 and has homeschooled since kindergarten. My daughter, who has dyslexia only, does better in the public school setting becuase her needs are met and she has lots of supportive friends. Every year I reevaluate my kids and their needs with an open mind that schooling situations may need to change.
I have a support network I take advantage of and his insurance paysfor a lot of therapies for my son and other things he needs to help thrive.
Depending on what your child is struggling with, you can find support groups on Facebook.
If you have not yet, do a little searching on FB for a group for homeschooling and disabilities, one applicable to you and your child. You should find a national, regional and even a local support group. We have three in our county. Other moms will be able to support you, exchange ideas, give you some advice and share resources that will help.